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VENN-The New Home For Gaming, Esports And Pop Culture Entertainment

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Gaming industry visionaries Ariel Horn, the four-time Emmy winning producer that pioneered esports broadcast production at Riot Games and Blizzard Entertainment, and Ben Kusin, seasoned entrepreneur and former Global Director of New Media at Vivendi Games, announced the creation of VENN – a new network launching in 2020 with live studios in New York and Los Angeles, aimed at gaming, esports and entertainment audiences. With $17 million in seed round funding from investors spanning multiple industries, this new post cable TV network will cater to the $150 billion global gaming industry and live at the intersection of entertainment and gaming cultures.

“Video games continue to define the culture of today’s youth. Streamers, casters, content creators, esports athletes – these are our new celebrities,” said Ben Kusin, Co-CEO of VENN. “VENN is giving this generation an overdue home and a heartbeat, with bi-coastal broadcast studios incorporating live audiences, premium production values, a 24/7 linear offering, and engaging and innovative formats that elevate and promote a culture traditionally overlooked by broadcast media.”

“We’ve been polishing our craft on global stages for years while dreaming up new ways to create memorable esports broadcast experiences,” said Ariel Horn, Co-CEO. “VENN will bring together the best and brightest talent to apply the same creativity and big-picture thinking to greater gaming and entertainment content, building a bridge from our industry into the world that surrounds it.”

The investment round is co-led by BITKRAFT, the first esports investment fund in the world with a diverse global portfolio of more than 35 companies across its two fund generations.

“It’s about time we significantly raise the bar for video content in gaming and esports. We need to elevate the stars and stories in our community and provide a better and larger opportunity for brands to reach gamers. We have no doubt that Ariel and Ben are the guys to get this job done and are incredibly excited for a new level of entertainment value in gaming and esports,” said Jens Hilgers, Founding Partner of BITKRAFT.

Additionally, VENN brings together an elite consortium of investors spanning the worlds of gaming, sports, entertainment, culture and business. Included in this group are:

–  Marc Merrill, co-founder of Riot Games
–  Mike Morhaime, co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment
–  Amy Morhaime, former head of global esports, Blizzard Entertainment
–  Kevin Lin, co-founder of Twitch
–  aXiomatic Gaming, a premiere esports investment group with holdings in gaming and esports properties including Team Liquid, Niantic and Epic Games
–  BDMI, a corporate venture capital arm of Bertelsmann, the global media, services, and education company
–  YuChiang Cheng, co-founder of World Golf Tour and President of Topgolf Media
–  Lifeline Financial Group, a full-service multi-family office based in Beverly Hills, representing high profile clients across sports and entertainment
–  Reimagined Ventures, the private capital group of Alec Litowitz, founder of Magnetar Capital and Cloud9 investor

“The exciting thing about VENN is its potential to expose what is so compelling about gaming culture to a wider audience,” said Marc Merrill, Co-Founder, Riot Games. “I look forward to seeing the content they create and the opportunities they’re going to open up for players everywhere.”

Designed for fans across all platforms, VENN was created as a singular media brand to unite a fragmented media marketplace. Its content will span multiple categories of entertainment, with original programming produced both in-house and with some of the biggest names and creators in gaming, entertainment, streaming, and esports.

“I’m proud to support the team at VENN on an exciting new milestone for digital entertainment,” said Mike Morhaime, Co-Founder, Blizzard Entertainment. “Having a central location for high quality content from across the industry is an important foundational step for gaming communities.”

“The explosion in gamer-driven digital entertainment over the past decade has shown that traditional models must evolve to keep up with this new audience,” said Keith Titan, Partner at BDMI. “We believe that Ben and Ariel bring the passion, experience, and authenticity critical to creating content that serves, engages and challenges the digital audience. We’re thrilled to be part of their support network as they put this bold new vision into action.”

“VENN will be everywhere the gaming audience consumes content: Streaming platforms, VOD, 24/7 linear and social networks,” said Ariel Horn. “Pioneering a truly interactive broadcast network will enable the kind of experiences these audiences demand.”

More information on VENN will be released in the coming months and you can learn more by visiting the company’s website – www.venn.tv and following VENN on social media @watchvenn.

 

About VENN:

VENN is a new 24/7 post-cable TV network aimed at gaming, esports and entertainment audiences. Launching in 2020 and broadcasting live from studios in New York and Los Angeles, VENN will be distributed across a broad range of media platforms and offer original programming produced in-house and in partnership with some of the biggest names and creators across industries.

Source: VENN

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GammaStack Introduces All-Inclusive Esports Tournament Platform

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GammaStack has commenced a new phase of iGaming software development by the launch of an all-inclusive Esports tournament platform.

Being the epitome of industry-leading innovations, award-winning developments and valuable clientele, GammaStack has successfully climbed great heights of success in iGaming industry. The saga of their glory keeps on moving forward at an amazing pace with the sports betting software, fantasy sports software, online casino software and now the Esports tournament software development.

“We are excited with the new launch and looking forward towards assisting an array of entrepreneurs in accelerating the success of their Esports businesses,” Dilip Chouhan, CSO of GammaStack said.

Along with a plethora of features, they integrate on-demand additional features as per the brand identity. The Esports software covers a myriad of titles and tournaments including Counter Strike, Call of Duty, WarCraft, League of Legends, Call of Duty World League and so on.

The Esports platform is developed by a team of technically-proficient individuals who have hands-on expertise in bleeding edge technologies.

They are connected with some of the trusted data partners including Twitch, Steam, Riot Games, Betradar, Stats and so on. Some of their customers include Nairabet, BetSnap, Bitpunter, Bwinner and many more.

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GFINITY ARENA TO HOST NBA 2K LEAGUE EUROPEAN INVITATIONAL DEC. 13-14 IN LONDON

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GFINITY ARENA TO HOST NBA 2K LEAGUE EUROPEAN INVITATIONAL DEC. 13-14 IN LONDON
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WHAT:

  • The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. and the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league, will host the NBA 2K League European Invitational, the league’s first-ever qualifying event in Europe.
  • The two-day event will be held at Gfinity Arena in London – home to some of the U.K.’s leading esports events – and will feature 20 of the best NBA 2K players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K.
  • The event, which will identify several elite players who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft, will see players competing over two days of gameplay, including scrimmages and a double-elimination tournament, and participating in interviews with league representatives and team managers. The double-elimination tournament on Dec. 14 will be livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

 

WHO:

  • Twenty of the best NBA 2K players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K.
  • NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue
  • Knicks Gaming center and U.K. native Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst

 

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Dec. 14; Media can attend during the following times:

  • Friday, Dec. 13 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Scrimmages
  • Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Double-elimination tournament
  • NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue media availability – Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • European Invitational players and Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst media availability – Friday, Dec. 13 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 from 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

  • Gfinity Arena

Unit 13 Fulham Broadway Retail Centre

Fulham Road London SW6 1DN

 

CREDENTIALS/TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Fans can attend for free by registering at https://n2kleuropeaninvitational.splashthat.com/.
  • Media are welcome to attend; Interview opportunities are available with players, coaches and executives.
  • Interview requests outside of the designated media availability will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis onsite.
  • Media must RSVP to Ignasi Castello ([email protected]) and Cath Shefford ([email protected]).
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Talent Lineup for WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 Regional Qualifiers Announcement

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Talent crew that will be covering regional qualifiers for the second Minor of 2019/2020 DPC-season.

The Dota 2 tournament WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 will be taking place on January 09-12, 2020, in tourist complex “Bukovel” (Ukraine). Regional qualifiers to the event will be played between December 05 and 06 to decide the eight participants. We would like to present the talent crew that will be covering the qualifying matches for the international audience.

Europe

  • Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten Twitter
  • Troels Lyngholt “syndereN” Nielsen Twitter
  • Jack “MoFarah” Williams Twitter
  • Rikumikko “T-PANDA” Kangasmäki Twitter

CIS

  • Jared “Nomad” Bajina Twitter
  • Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen Twitter
  • Darren “KillerPigeon” Elmy Twitter
  • Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier Twitter

North America

  • Andrew “Zyori” Campbell Twitter
  • Alexandra “Sheepsticked” Roberts Twitter
  • Nick “BreakyCPK” Caras   Twitter
  • Donnie “Elevated” Chell Twitter

South America

  • Murielle “Kips” Huisman Twitter
  • Michelle “Moxxi” Song Twitter
  • Robbie “Robnroll” Blakeman Twitter

China

  • Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić Twitter
  • Gareth Luke “Gareth” Bateson Twitter
  • Andrew “PartyPetee” Nester Twitter

SEA

  • Treephob “Xyclopz” Tiangtrong Twitter
  • Admir “lizZard” Salkanović Twitter
  • Darren “KillerPigeon” Elmy Twitter
  • Matt “Danog” Joyce Twitter
  • Luke “CNC” Pate Twitter

You can follow the qualifiers on Twitch via the following channels:

  • WePlay! Esports En Twitch Main
  • WePlay! Esports En Twitch 2
  • WePlay! Esports En Twitch 3
  • WePlay! Esports En Twitch 4

#WePlay #WePlayDota2 #WePlayMinor #BukovelMinor

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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